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Poster: kochman Date: Feb 16, 2009 5:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BY NATURE: The Grateful Dead were like NO OTHER

To each his own of course... I would say some of the "orbital jams" of the 79-81 period are pretty cool.
These were always pre-drums, or leading into drums.

Some examples for those interested are (they are often listed at deadlists.com as separate jams)
8/12/79 out of Eyes
9/2/79 out of LIG
11/4/79 out of Terrapin
11/5/79 out of Franklin's
11/29/79 out of Eyes
12/28/79 out of PITB
5/12/80 out of He's Gone
There are more, a few in 81 for example, that I can't recall the dates on. And, you mentioned that you can stomach some of the MIDI from 1990...
If you listen to nothing else that I suggested above, listen to the Dark Star from 7/12/90...
http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-07-12.sbd.miller.21980.sbeok.shnf

Re: Sep 72, you have seen my issues with it... There is some greatness, and that type of jamming died after 1974 really, I hear what you are saying.
I really don't see the departure of Keith as the end of Jerry's playing ability... in fact, I think his personal performances were at their peak from 77-84. Keith's departure was a great thing in that it added so many new dimensions to the band musically (vox and all the various sounds that Brent would hammer out of his boards).